|Climate Hot with high humidity throughout the year. Average Temperature 32C. Often rains. Weather Report: T1052|
Tourism Info Line 1-300-88-5776
Malaysia Tourist Information Complex
(MTC):109 Jl. Ampang T9235-4848.
Colonial Building. Lots of info, map,
'Malaysia Now' magazine is useful.
wifi or PC can be used. Ask the password.
Many additional services - Travel Agency - city tours RM25 (3hrs), organizing Taman Negara tours RM25,
Also a nice souvenir shop. tourist police are located here.
transport: Not central. bus from Central Market. RM0.90
|i2||Tourism Information Centre: 2F Putra World Trade Centre 45 Jl Tun ismail, T2615-8540, transport: LTR Star line PWTC station|
|i3||TIC at KL Sentral: T2272-5823, 9-18:00, Good information and good staff. free maps available. transport: LTR Putra line Sentral Rec|
American Express: 18F The Weld, Jl Raja Chulan, T2130000 F2062420 M-F8:30-17:30, Sa8:30-12:00
Mail service at reception. No T/C encashment (98 info)
Banks, money changer & ATM's are everywhere in the city.
May Bank.:100 Jl HS Lee M-F9:30-16:00,Sa9:30-11:30 T/C encashment
Cash $1=3.286RM, S$1=2.26RM, 100yen=2.86RM
T/C $1=3.307RM, 100yen=2.88RM
|$1||RHB Bank.: Kota Raya Shopping Center M-F9:30-16:00,Sa9:30-11:30 T/C encashment RM5 charge + RM0.15/TC|
|$a||ATM -Many in town|
|Money Changers Can find these everywhere, specially on Jl Pudu near Kota Raya Shopping Center. The rates are lower than Penang, negotiable. Better than banks for cash but for travelers cheques banks have better rates. But No T/C com. Cash $1=3.32RM, 100yen=2.90RM|
|I||Immigration Pusat Bandar Daman Sara, Jl Semantan T2555077 M-Th8-12:45,14:00-16:15, F8:00-12:15,14:45-16:15,Sa8-12:45 (98 info)|
|P1||Tourist Police 12 F. Police Tourist Unit, Jl.Hang Tuah T2946593/2415522. Also at the main bus station.|
|P2||Police Station Jl Hang Tuah|
|H1||K.L.Gen. Hospital. Jl.Pahang T2921044|
|H2||Tun Shin City Medical Centre: 413-425 Jl Pudu T2211255|
|Hp||Pharmacy, Many around Jl.Sultan-Jl.Cheng Lock.|
Post Office GPO Jl.Sultan
Hishamuddin 9, M-Sa,8:30-18, Closed on Sun,Ph and the 1st Sat.
of the month
Poste Restante at enquiries desk, just through main entrance. Must show passport. Usually there are post offices in big Shopping malls (Plazas)
RM0.10 for 3 minutes.
Both coin and cardphones are everywhere. (3 different card-phone systems exist) Can make international calls from card-phones. IDD code is 00
|M2||Telekom Bureau Jl.Raja Chulan 8:30-21 HCD service. Telekom cardphones. A/C, quiet. (98 info)|
|M3||Discount IDD phone agent: #192 Jl Tun HS Lee, S from the central market. USA/UK/AZ RM0.70/min Japan RM1.50/min They may count your time including ringing time so ask them to charge net talking time.|
KLIA: KL Int'l Airport:
New KL International Airport was opened on July 98. Located very far from the center of KL, 1.5hrs by public transport. There are very few public facilities around it.
1) Express train to KL Sentral(City Air Terminal): 5-25:00 RM34, the most expensive and most convenient way to travel to/from the center of KL
2) Airport Coach + Shuttle bus: From KLIA to JL Duta bus station by Airport Coach, Delux coach RM23, normal coach -RM16,1hr) then to China Town by a shuttle bus RM2, 30min).
The last coach from KLIA to China town dep. 23:00(The last bus to J.Duta bus station dep.00:30, then take a taxi to the center) The last shuttle bus from China town to KLIA dep. China town at 21:30
3) Commuter train + bus: The cheapest way. From KLIA to Nilai train station by bus, RM2.5, 30min. Then take a commuter train to KL station(former Central St.) RM4.7, 1hr) most bus/trains are running every 30min.
Last bus from KLIA dep. 22:30, Last train from KL Station dep around 20:00.
4) Airport Coach: from KLIA to your Hotel. RM25 1h, dep. every 30 min. from KL 05:30-22:15, from KLIA 06:45-00:30 Info T6533064/6533067
5) STAR LRT + Express Coach: KLIA to Chan Sow Lin station, STAR LRT line, by Express Coach, OW-RM20, RT-RM30? (Chan Sow Lin Station is the 4th stop after Masjid Jamek station. RM2 ), one bus/hr from Chan Sow Lin 06:30-20:30, from KLIA 07:30-21:30.
Subang Airport: Service could
be limited now.
transport: bus #47A (Intrakota bus), RM1.60 from Klang Bus station, pl.14. every 30min, takes 1hr. Passes by the train station FROM the airport but not to the airport. taxi - can buy coupon at Train Station & Airport. RM22. 45min.(98 info)
KL Sentral: just one station S from KL railway station(old
central station) Now it is the central railway station. Long
distance trains stop here. Also this is KL City Air Terminal
connecting to KLIA by express trains. Tourist office, many restaurants,
McDonald, KFC, Starbucks, etc, are located. Exchange. LRT Putra
line, Komuter trains also stops here. www.ktmb.com.my
Booking Office: T2267-1200, email@example.com
|T2||KTM Komuter Train: Operating along 2 routes 1) Rawang - Kajang, 2)Sentul-Port Klang, running every 20/30 min. The tickets are sold only by vending machines. The closest station to the China Town is KL station (former KL Central Station), Jl.Sultan Hishmuddin, 10 min walk to W from The China Town. This was the central train station but long distance trains do not stop here any more. The tickets/reservation for Singapore/Butterworth, you must go to KL Sentral station, one stop S from KL station.|
|Bus Terminals :|
|B1||Puduraya: Just E of China town. Jl, Pudu buses to most destinations in Malaysia so very probably you don't need to use other bus stations. food court, tourist police.|
|B2||Hentian, Putra: Jl Putra. opposite PWTC(Putra World Trade Center), buses to Kelantan, Terengganu, Kuantan.|
|B3||Tun Razak (Pekeliling): Jl.Tun Razak bus to Pahang & E Coast.|
|Taxi : Metered. 2km=RM2, 100m=20cents, RM1 for luggage in boot. 50% extra 0:00-6:00|
Local Bus station: Several bus companies are operating in KL and the
bus system is complex. Fare is zone system, from 60-70c.
Also from Star Monorail station, local buses serve to close area.
Bus route map RM5 from kiosks. There are 3 bus companies operating in KL:Intrakota - blue-gray, Metrobus - with green stripe, Cityliner - white
To Lot 10: from YA1 bus stop on Yap Ah Loy near Bangkok Bank
Klang Bus Station: Just
N from Jl.Tun Tan Chenglock, Kota Raya shopping Centre, many
bus stops are located. to Batu Caves: Bus #349 (Sri Jaya
bus co) or from Chinatown at Bangkok
Bank, take bus no. #11D(metro bus). every hour, takes approx
to Matic: Minibus #23, 24, RM0.60 from the Central Market.
|Light Rail Transit: New monorail system. There are two lines, Putra and Star lines. Official maps show those lines. RM1.00+|
|Rentals Not found, but KL's roads are very dangerous. Not recommended.|
Many travel agents can be found along Changkat Bukit Bintang and Jl.Tingkat and in shopping centers.
|ta||Ice Holidays Jl Raya Chulan, opposite The Weld Shopping Center (Recommended by travelers)|
|ta||MSL Travel: 66 Jl Putra T44244722 F4433707 M-F9:00-17:00,Sa9:00-13:00, ISIC cards. Student Co. but caters for Malaysians not travelers.|
|ta||NTV Times Travel&Tours: 33 Tengkat Tong Shin In Bukit Bintang area:T21426799|
Wingon Travel: in Sungai Wang Plaza 3F, in Bukit Bintang area:
Air tickets KL -> BKK OW760RM, RT1265RM
|Markets: Bargain hard.|
|m1||Central Market: Jl Hang Kasturi, A tourist sight.Attractive 'Convent Garden' style complex. Upper floor has a food court.|
Pasar Malam Night market:
Jl Petalin Daily 18:00-late.
Major tourist sight. Clothing, shoes, belts, DVD,computer lively atmosphere.
|m3||night market: Jl Tar. Lots of street food stalls, specially on Saturday.|
|Souvenir shops: Several in Central Market. A nice one at MATIC|
|s1||Mydin supermarket: Jl.TunTan Chenglock + Jl Siliang 9-20/SaSu21:00|
|s2||Sogo: Jl Tuanku Abdul Rahman Imported Japanese food. Quiet bakery-cafe' . 10-21:30|
|s3||UD Superstore: Jl.HS Lee+Jl Sultan, China Town, near Pasar Seni station. Cheaper than Seven Eleven. Coke can RM1.1, water 1.5l-RM2.|
|s4||MPH BS: Metrojaya Sinar Kota, Level 3, Jl Tun Perak 10:00-22:00|
Popular Book Co.: 34-5 Jl Jang Lekir 9:00-21:00
English books on 3rd F. Reasonable selection of best sellers, classics. Lonely Planet Malaysia RM80, Indonesia RM120, English classics series RM5
developing charge. RM4, 3R30cents, RM4.40, 1hr.
|Laundry Some Guest Houses offer a laundry service about RM5+p/load.|
|la||Dry Point Laundry: In Bullit Bintang area on Changkat Bukit Bintang M-Sa 9:00-21, Su10:00-19:00 Lunchbreak 13:00-14:00|
Nightclubs, KL is getting
a reputation for its exciting night life. The current popular
- The Jump, La Chiva De Oscar, Modesto's, Cafe Iguana, Beach Many nightclubs/discos have a 'free-ladies night' - free drinks (limited choice) all night long ! The list is too numerous and the options change too frequently to list all here.
Following is a selection. operating Dec 96.
Sun-Big Willy's, M-Riverbank, Tu-La Chiva De Oscar, Wed-The Jump, Modesto's Th -Cafe Iguana, Modesto's, Fri-DV8
|Boom Boom: Wed-Sun - has a cabaret drag show. RM20 entrance fee. Wed - Ladies night, free entry for women + free long island iced teas until 23:00. Th- free entry for men.|
|The Roof: The suburb of Bangsar: (15min by bus #5 from Central market) is a popular nigh area with many arty places, bars & restaurants.. Many of the bars have a Happy Hour up to 21:00.|
|Beach: Tne newest night spot.|
|c||Coliseum: Jl TAR (next to Coliseum Hotel/Rest.)|
|c||UA: Jl TAR - near Sogo Store, 5 screens.|
Ask at tourist office. Big Shopping Malls (KLCC for instance) occasionally have culture shows, usually on weekend afternoons. see local paper or tour info office.
|pt||Public toilet: J. Pudu off from the bus station. Hot shower-RM4, cheap GH toilet quality. But conveniently located.|
|See at "General info-Malaysia": "festivals" chapter|
|Jan 1||PH||New Year's Day|
|Dec||PH||Awal Ramadan, The start of Ramadan - Muslim period of fasting, lasting 30 days. During this time Muslims don't eat or drink from sunrise to sunset.|
Thaipusam (Hindu), Celebrations
for Lord Subramanian, a Hindu God
held at Batu Cave. Followers take part in a procession to the
cave, they enter trances and perform various self-mutilation
rituals such as cheek & tongue-piercing, fire walking.
One of the most fascinating festivals in the world.
|Feb 7-8||PH||Chinese New Year,15-days of festivities are held in Chinese communities. Shops close for 3-5 days.|
|Feb 9-10||PH||Hari Raya Puasa, Muslim festival to celebrate the end of the Ramadan.|
|Apr 18||PH||Hari Raya Haji, Muslim holiday to celebrate the return of the Haji - those who completed their pilgrimage to Mecca|
|May 1||PH||Labor Day|
|May 8||PH||Awal Muharram|
|May 21||PH||Wesak Day, The most important day for Buddhist communities. Celebration of Buddha's Birth/Enlightenment/Death|
|May 21||Colors of Malaysia Parade|
|Jul||PH||Hungry Ghost festival, Chinese festival involves the offering of food to spirits, visiting ghosts|
|Jul||PH||Maal Hijrah, Muslim festival to celebrate Muhammad's return to Mecca.|
|Jun 7||PH||Birthday of the King, Processions in KL center.|
|Jun||PH||Dragon Boat Festival, Commemoration of Chinese poet, Qu Yuan, who committed suicide to make a political statement.|
|Jul17||PH||Birth of Muhamad, Muslim festival. The prophet was born in 571 AD|
|Aug31||PH||National Day,Independence day (1957). Biggest celebrations take place in Merdeka Sq.|
|Aug-Sep||Moon cake Festival, Chinese festival to celebrate the defeat of the Mongols. The mooncake is symbols because, according to legend, they were used to smuggle war secrets in.|
|Oct||Nine Emperor Gods' festival, Celebration of the return to earth of '9 emperor spirits'.|
|Oct30||PH||Deepvali, Hindu festival of light.|
|China Town Area|
|@||Internet: Jl Tun Tan Chenglock opp from Starbucks. 8-26:00, RM4/h First 10 customers RM4/2hrs|
|@||GTN Internet: Jln. Sultan near Jl Tun Tan Chenglock. 8-26:00 LAN(automatic) many Asian language RM3/h, RM7.5/3hrs Rec|
|@||Express IT Center: JL Puduraya, opp from the bus station, below Pudu Hostel. RM3/hr, RM15(22-6:00) Discount if you stay at Pudu Hostel in the same building. You have to inform them before you start.|
|@||Internet Cafe: JL Sultan, a bit S from GTN. RM2.5/hr, RM6.5/6hrs Asian language possible|
|Bukit Bintang Area Many on Jl Bukit Bintang. RM3-4/hr|
|@||Soccer Internet Cafe: 58.Jl Sultan Ismail, RM4.0/h11:00-02:00 soft drinks RM1.50 In BB area near Pondokl|
|@||Internet: many in Sungai Wang Plaza 2F, 3F. RM2-4/hr In BB area. Noisy|
|@||Internet Cafe: JL Sultan Ismail + Jl Bukit Bintang, 10-25:00 RM35/hr|
Japan Cultural Center: Wisma
Nusantara, Jl Punchak T230663 M-F8:30-12:30/14-16:30,
Supermarkets Sogo: Jl Tuanku Abdul Rahman M-Th11-20,F-Su11-21 Imported Japanese food.
Isetan: Lot 10 in Bukit Bintang and in KLCC. A supermarket in KLCC 3F has Japanese food.
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